Alcoholism is a serious problem that continues to consume the lives of not only the addicts but also those who live with them and love them. Many studies conducted in 2014 show that the numbers are still on the rise. According to the findings, 6 people died each day and nearly 10,000 fatalities occurred on the roadways. The good news is that addiction recovery services are available and accepted by society, making the process of staying sober a little easier.
Find what makes you happy
Despite all the best treatments and therapy, many leave the facility and begin drinking shortly thereafter. Unless you get to the root of the underlying problem, this scenario continues. Many of the newer addiction recovery programs take extra steps to teach their patients about learning to enjoy life without alcohol. They realize that if their patients can find joy in their lives they won’t need to drink to get through their day. It’s a step in the right direction giving hope of a higher success rate in the future.
The connection between your mental and physical health
In order for a patient to fully recover and have the best chance of beating the addiction, they need a positive attitude. This comes from support from family, friends and their immediate family members. When a recovering alcoholic finds peace within themselves, the healing process moves forward. The hardest part for patients is finding something to fill the void. Finding something that they enjoy doing will help to occupy not only their time but their mind.
Exercise and healing
Exercise is not just about having a toned body. In fact, people who partake in some sort of physical activity a few times a week are generally happy. This happens because when you increase the heart rate and get the blood pumping, it sends a chemical to the brain that makes you instantly feel good. Exercise also releases stress, allowing you to sleep better and stabilizing your moods, reducing the presence of anxiety and depression. By exercising, a person fresh out of a recovery center can turn their lives around faster. Exercise comes in many forms. The important thing is to find something that you enjoy so you stick with it.
If you or someone you love has abused alcohol for a long period of time, returning to the world sober can often be overwhelming. If they take it day to day, they will find that people will understand the problems they are now facing and work with them to make the process easier. Many of these same people also had trouble fitting in. They often gained confidence from drinking. With a support system in place, they can learn to love themselves.
Replacing the habit
The hardest part for a recovering alcoholic is filling the void. Since many people turn to alcohol because they don’t feel accepted, are shy or want to escape their problems. When they drink they gain confidence, come out of their shell and forget their troubles. This is why it’s important for those in recovery to find things they enjoy doing and make their lives full.
Now that you are sober you have a fresh start in front of you, enjoy each day and take a weak moment as just that and move forward. By connecting with people who are dealing with similar issues, you’ll both make each other stronger.